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The Youth Cooperative and Enterprise Academy is a job creation initiative of the African Youth Development Foundation aimed at jumpstarting socio-economic reforms among youths through massive enterprise development and financing.

The academy is the extension of our Business In You Talkshow, which is an aggressive campaign we launched to encourage young people create jobs for themselves instead of waiting for Government white collar jobs that do not exist anywhere, any more.

For us in African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF), we strongly believe that there is no better and faster way to create employment for the teeming unemployed youths in Nigeria than by encouraging enterprise development among them.

All over the world today, enterprise development, which leads to private sector investments is being encouraged because that is the only engine that can drive the economy of any nation and grow it.

In Nigeria, our youths have got abundant talents and skills and therefore need to be guided on how to build businesses around these skills, talents and passions. 

Some of these youths are already endowed with multi-million naira skills, such as: comedy, music, drama, modeling, photography, cinematography, graphic designs, writing, public speaking, poetry, blogging, consulting, facilitation, marketing, etc, and through the “Enterprise Academy”, we shall guide them on how to build their own businesses with these skills.

Looking around us in Nigeria, we can see many youths who have become successful by building businesses this way. For example, Chimamanda Adichie has become successful and very popular by developing her skills in poetry and writing. Today, one of her novels, “Half of a Yellow Sun” has earned her international recognition and several awards. As a result, she did not only create a job for herself but for others, including her manager, publishers and others involved in publishing her works.

These are simple truths we would like our youths to realize and begin to readjust in order to embrace entrepreneurship.

The Mission of YouthsCARE

Our mission is to prepare Nigerian youths as social entrepreneurs as well as enable them raise startup capitals effortlessly to establish their businesses.

Our Vision

Our vision is that of a Nigerian society whose economy is driven by the youth population who are successful in their various enterprises, adding values and solving the nation’s critical challenges.

Quick Facts…

The Problem:   Unemployment crisis in Africa

Our Solution:   Massive Enterprise Development Training and Financing

The Lifeline:    N2 million startup capital and above!

The Result:     Your own business

Our Support:   Lifetime mentoring

Your Role:      Sign up with atleast N1,000 ONLY!

Strategic Objectives

We anticipate that through the Enterprise Academy and its accompanying Youth Cooperative, participating youths will:

  • Be exposed to how they can create jobs for themselves;
  • Be exposed to how social enterprises change the society;
  • Learn how to develop viable business plans;
  • Acquire managerial skills they need to build their various enterprises;
  • Have access to startup capitals to set up their small scale enterprises.

Welcome to YouthsCARE!

We are glad to welcome you to Youth Cooperative and Enterprise Academy. Since inception in 1999, we at African Youth Development Foundation are glad to declare that we have empowered several youths and communities through our well thought-out and carefully developed projects, which we implement in partnership with both local and international organizations.

We are so excited that this program, which gave us many sleepless nights and restless afternoons, has been launched successfully. For us, its launch is really a breakthrough in our constant struggle and continuous research on how to reduce the unemployment crisis ravaging Africa, especially our country, Nigeria.

For the first time in this country, we have come up with workable strategies of equipping youths with skills in entrepreneurship as well as providing them startup capitals for their enterprises, simultaneously.

In several meetings, conferences, research reports, etc, financing of small enterprises has always been identified as the major challenge in job creation and employment generation, even after skills training. That was the challenge that led us to develop this automated fundraising cooperative.

The truth is that we are not only interested in helping young people raise funds to start their own business, we are more committed in helping them acquire special enterprise skills they need to be able to build and manage their own businesses.

All these happen simultaneously, making YouthsCARE, the only financing scheme that works for youths and the unemployed!

We are sure, you are here because, you want us to help you establish and manage your own business. There is no need delaying anymore, after all, you have suffered several years of unemployment and deprivation.

Now, is the time for you to do it yourself!

Once more, we are so excited welcoming you on board…